What is Educational Talent Search?

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federally funded program designed to help selected students finish their education. It’s purpose is to assist 6th – 12th grade students in persisting through high school, graduating, and enrolling in college or Career Technical Schools after high school. Secondary or postsecondary school dropouts are also assisted in reenrolling in school, or in obtaining a GED.

Services provided by Educational Talent search are free.

Educational Talent Search helps students to:

  • Prepare to complete high school and enroll in a postsecondary program.
  • Learn about careers available to them through postsecondary education.
  • Apply for college and financial aid.
  • Complete their education if they dropped out of high school or stopped attending college before completing their degree.

ETS Programs are funded by the United States Department of Education.

Please contact Cindy Windborn, Educational Talent Search Director, at 256-331-5348 or cstewart@nwscc.edu, for general information on our Educational Talent Search programs.

Services/Activities Offered

Career Exploration Activities

  • Career Assessments
  • Career Fairs with Non-Traditional Role Model Speakers
  • Career Information

Academic Counseling/Advising

  • Study Skills
  • Test-Taking Skills
  • Tutoring/ACT review
  • Goal Setting/Decision Making Skills
  • Summer Enrichment Camps
  • Course and Degree Selection

Personal Development Activities

  • Leadership Development
  • Stress/Time Management
  • Coping Skills/Peer Pressure
  • Job skills/interviewing/resume writing
  • Mentoring

Financial Aid Workshops for Students and/or Parents

  • Grant/Loan Information
  • Scholarship Information
  • Assistance in Completing Pell Grant, Loan, Scholarship and Other Financial Aid Applications
  • Assistance in online filing FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

College Enrollment Assistance

  • Reviews before ACT
  • Computer aided ACT preparation
  • College Visits
  • College Admission
  • Resume writing for scholarships
  • How to register for college classes

Tennessee Valley ETS

Schools Served

  • Central Middle School
  • Central High School
  • Collinwood Middle School
  • Collinwood High School
  • Lawrence County High School
  • Lauderdale Middle School
  • Lauderdale High School
  • Wilson Middle School
  • Wilson High School

Elesia Crosswhite – Coordinator
Shoals Campus
Building 112, Office 101
Phone: 256-331-5327
Email: elesia.crosswhite@nwscc.edu

Tuscumbia ETS

Schools Served

  • Cherokee High School
  • Colbert County High School
  • Colbert Heights High School
  • East Lawrence High School
  • Hatton High School
  • Moulton Middle School
  • Lawrence County High School
  • RA Hubbard High School

Amber Fenn – Coordinator
Shoals Campus
Building 112, Office 101
Email: afenn@nwscc.edu

Phil Campbell ETS

Schools Served

  • Haleyville High School
  • Russellville High School
  • Tharptown High School
  • Phil Campbell High School
  • Deshler High School
  • Sheffield High School
  • Florence High School

Jane Tinkham
Phil Campbell Campus
Building 301
Shoals Campus
Building 115, Office 101
Phone: 256-331-5332
Email: jtinkham@nwscc.edu